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Where to Drink: Best Wine Bars in London

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Where to worship the grape

Spotlight on: Flor
Heard of that little place called Lyle’s? You know, the one that’s number 38 on the 50 Best Restaurants in the world? Well, the team behind one roaring success will be hoping for another with their new venture Flor. Based next to Borough Market, Flor is a triple threat: wine bar, bakery and restaurant, inspired by the buvettes of Paris and the pintxos bars of San Sebastián. 
So what does a wine bar-cum-bakery-cum-restaurant serve up? Well, punters will first be greeted by the bakery counter, where they can pick up all sorts of patisserie delights, from caramel brioche to Danish pastries, as well as home-milled sourdough loaves. Further inside, you can sit down for dishes like raw scallops with gooseberry and green tomato, or cured Mangalitsa and Comté sandwiches made with fermented potato bread. Oh, and they’ll be serving a brunch menus on Saturdays – think eggy bread with maple and black pudding. Flor isn’t messing around.

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The Best of the Rest:
What? Wine bar serving up fusion cuisine (think bruschettas, cheese boards and halloumi fries)
Where? Shoreditch
Why? Founder Judy is the heart and soul of the bar and can often be found on-site charming patrons. There’s a great wine selection and even a garden – perfect for the summer months
P Franco
What? Small, hip bar in an old Chinese cash and carry
Where? Read the above: of course it’s in Hackney
Why? P Franco gained a reputation for great wine selections and incredible food pretty soon after opening, and it’s only got better since
Diogenes the Dog
What? Stylish, characterful South London bar
Where? Elephant and Castle
Why? The small but well-curated and often-updated wine list can’t be faulted, but punters really come for the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the live music every Tuesday
Gordon’s Wine Bar
What? One of the oldest wine bars in London
Where? Charing Cross
Why? Gordon’s has been around since the 19th century, and has the Dickensian looks to prove it. There’s a nice big terrace too, but you’ll want to head inside to get the full experience. Just make sure you get there early
Le Beaujolais
What? Quirky and cosy French bar-restaurant
Where? Central as central can be – a few minutes from Leicester Square
Why? There’s nowhere better to find the best French wines than in this eccentric bar, and the rustic cuisine française from the bar menu never fails to go down well